For members of the Pacific Coast Guard, it’s business as usual without the pay
FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii — The Coast Guard’s 14th District area of responsibility is a vast 12.2 million square miles in the Pacific Ocean.
It takes in most of the South Pacific, with crews and vessels for sea and air stationed in Guam and Hawaii. Other personnel are stationed in detachments in Japan, Singapore and American Samoa.
As of the beginning of the year, however, the district’s 835 active-duty members — “blue-suiters,” as the service calls them — and some essential civilian employees have been carrying out those missions without pay due to the partial government shutdown.
In an average year, the 14th District handles 800 to 900 cases of search-and-rescue, marine environmental protection, marine safety and coastal law enforcement. They often work closely with the U.S. Navy and America’s allies and partner nations in Asia.
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